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Micro ECM for SMEs

Objective

Current ECM process technology is limited in machining accuracy and process stability. The primary reason for this limitation is that the power supply units, which are at the heart of ECM are traditionally designed for the millisecond pulsed current range. Developing a power supply unit that has the capability of pulsing in the microsecond / nanosecond range, will result in more control of the process and better product, leading to improved uptimes on the shop floor and improved product quality. The SME partners in this project consortium have identified a commercial opportunity for a new generation of ECM that can offer: - Improved process stability and control - Increased accuracy (at a micron level) - Better process uptime and increased efficiency / outputs - Consistently better performing and better quality products - Shorter product development lead time This project will undertake the research and development work necessary to ensure that the SMEs in the consortium can realise this commercial opportunity through the development of a power supply unit (SMPS) that can support the next generation of ECM. The project aims to develop an SMPS that will deliver quicker electrical current pulsing rates in the microsecond / nanosecond range, resulting in an ECM with a machining accuracy better than 1 micron. The project will also develop a demonstrator / prototype that will be used for validating and demonstrating the next generation ECM. Based on research undertaken by CDAMC (in conjunction with SMPS manufacturers and suppliers), it is clear that power units in this performance range are currently not commercially available. The availability of a new generation of SMPS could result in a major step change in ECM capability and help sustain Europe’s leading position in ECM technology.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY SLIGO - ITS
Address
Ballinode - Ash Lane
F56 Sligo
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 40 640
Administrative Contact
David Tormey (Dr.)

Participants (6)

Vox Power Ltd
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 272 358
Address
Rathfarnham Road 17
6W Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brian Mcdonald (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 6 640
Address
Kingston Lane
UB83PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
Carl Diver Advanced Manufacturing Consulting Limited
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 18 640
Address
Killult Falcarragh
Letterkenny
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Carl Diver (Dr.)
SONPLAS GMBH PLANUNG MONTAGE UNDSERVICE VON SONDERMASCHINEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 578 678
Address
Sachsenring 57
94315 Straubing
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Frankl (Mr.)
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 6 640
Address
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Johan Deconinck (Prof.)
ELSYCA NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 281 900
Address
Vaartdijk 3 Bus 603
3018 Wijgmaal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gert Nelissen (Dr.)